• D.C. October 10, 2019 8:19 pm

    Florida Businessmen Who Helped Giuliani in Ukraine Arrested on Campaign Finance Violations

    Two Soviet-born business partners from Florida, who made hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations to Republican campaign committees and helped Rudy Giuliani meet a key Ukrainian prosecutor, were arrested Wednesday on charges tied to campaign finance violations. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas were arrested on a four-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the...

  • Europe June 10, 2019 9:34 am

    ISIS Expands Reach in Afghanistan, Threatening the West

    The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S. and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the U.S.-led invasion, the extremist group is seen as...

  • Donald Trump May 14, 2019 7:43 pm

    At Odds on Many Fronts, US and Russia Hope for Better Ties

    Russia and the United States voiced hope Tuesday that badly strained relations could begin to improve despite wide differences on multiple fronts and deep mutual suspicion deepened by Russian meddling in American elections. With tensions running high over Iran, Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed vindication from the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential...

  • OFFICER November 20, 2018 9:01 pm

    Possible Russian President of Interpol Raises Alarm in West

    Interpol is facing a pivotal — some say possibly fatal — moment in its history as members decide whether to hand its presidency to a man who represents Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Kremlin critics fear they could soon face arrest wherever they go. Western governments worry that Russia could use the post to undermine the rule of law.

  • Russia October 18, 2018 2:51 pm

    Manhunt in Crimea for Possible Accomplice in School Attack

    Russian authorities in Crimea were searching Thursday for a possible accomplice of the student whose shooting-and-bomb attack on his vocational school killed 20 people and wounded more than 50 others, a top official said. The 18-year-old student, who authorities said later killed himself in the school’s library, was initially believed to be the only person involved in the carnage Wednesday...

  • spokesman October 17, 2018 7:35 pm

    Student Gunman Kills 19 at Crimea College, Russian Official Says

    An 18-year-old student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoodie covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding more than 50 others before killing himself. It wasn’t clear what prompted Vladislav Roslyakov, described as a shy loner, to go on the rampage. A security camera image carried...

  • Ukraine August 27, 2018 6:48 am

    Unholy Hackers: Orthodox Clergy Targeted by Russian Spies

    The Russian hackers indicted by the U.S. special prosecutor last month have spent years trying to steal the private correspondence of some of the world’s most senior Christian Orthodox figures, The Associated Press has found, illustrating the high stakes as Kiev and Moscow wrestle over the religious future of Ukraine. The targets included top aides to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I,...

  • Prime Minister April 16, 2018 8:02 pm

    Chemical Weapons Team in Syria Kept From Alleged Attack Site

    Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack, the head of the chemical watchdog group said Monday, blocking international efforts to establish what happened and who was to blame. The U.S. and France say they have evidence that poison gas was used in the April 7 attack in the opposition-held town...

  • foreign minister April 27, 2018 2:28 pm

    Ex-Russian Spy's Daughter Released From British Hospital

    A British health official said Tuesday that Yulia Skripal, who was targeted along with her father in a nerve agent attack in England, has been discharged from hospital. “This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone,” said Dr. Christine Blanshard. She said she would not provide details about Skripal’s condition out of concern for the...

  • foreign minister April 6, 2018 10:39 am

    Poisoned Ex-Spy No Longer in Critical Condition: UK Hospital

    Ex-spy Sergei Skripal is improving rapidly and is no longer in critical condition, a British health official said Friday, a month after he and his daughter were poisoned with a rare nerve agent that triggered a diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West. Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the English city of Salisbury...

  • foreign minister April 5, 2018 10:03 am

    Daughter of Poisoned Spy Says She's Recovering

    The poisoned daughter of an ex-Russian spy said Thursday she’s recovering quickly after her ordeal, while Russia strongly protested being locked out of the probe into the nerve agent that sickened her and her father. Britain has blamed Russia for the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the city of Salisbury. In response, more than...

  • European Union April 4, 2018 8:28 pm

    Russia Loses Vote to Join Spy Poisoning Probe; Next Stop UN

    The international chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday rejected Russia’s call for a joint investigation with Britain of the nerve-agent poisonings of an ex-spy and his daughter in England. But Russia said the number of countries that abstained from the vote suggested many have doubts about Britain’s allegations that Moscow was behind the attack and now plans to take its denials...

  • Associated Press March 19, 2018 3:00 pm

    Putin's Dilemma: Scrap Term Limits or Choose a Successor

    With his best election showing ever, President Vladimir Putin is shifting comfortably into his next six-year term, but the gnawing question of what comes next already looms on Russia’s horizon. At his first appearance after Sunday’s victory, Putin was immediately asked about his plans beyond 2024, reflecting Russia’s nervousness about the succession issue that will dominate the political landscape for...

  • PRESIDENT March 12, 2018 11:51 am

    Putin Says He Approved Plan to Shoot Down Plane in 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a new documentary that he approved of a plan to shoot down a hijacked passenger jet four years ago. A Ukrainian man tried to hijack a Turkey-bound flight and demanded that it go to Sochi as the Winter Olympics were about to start there in February 2014. The Sochi Games were Putin’s pet...

  • Russia March 6, 2018 10:21 pm

    Russian Plane Crash in Syria Kills 39 Servicemen

    A Russian military cargo plane crashed near an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 Russian servicemen on board in a blow to Russian operations in Syria. The Russian military quickly insisted the plane was not shot down and blamed the crash on a technical error. Meanwhile, shelling near the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus killed dozens of...

  • CHEF March 19, 2018 6:28 pm

    ‘Putin's Chef' Among Russians Indicted by Mueller

    He’s known as “Putin’s chef” — a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favor with Vladimir Putin through his stomach. On Friday, Yevgeny Prigozhin — along with 12 other Russians and three Russian organizations — was charged by the U.S. government as part of a vast and wide-ranging effort to sway political opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election....

  • LAWYER February 1, 2018 5:11 pm

    28 Russians Have Olympic Doping Bans Lifted

    Twenty-eight Russian athletes had their Olympic doping bans overturned Thursday, throwing the International Olympic Committee’s policy on the country into turmoil. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling was set to reinstate seven Russian medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including gold in men’s skeleton and men’s 50-kilometer cross-country skiing.

  • Associated Press January 23, 2018 10:44 am

    Russian Speedskating Star Viktor Ahn Among Barred Olympic Athletes

    Several of Russia’s top medal hopes for next month’s Olympics, including six-time speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, have been barred from the Pyeongchang Games amid the country’s ongoing doping scandal. The Russian Olympic Committee said Tuesday that Ahn, cross-country skier Sergei Ustyugov and biathlete Anton Shipulin have been left out of an International Olympic Committee pool of eligible athletes. Other...

  • Donald Trump December 22, 2017 11:41 pm

    Russian Hackers Targeted More Than 200 Journalists Globally

    Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had just been published to the web. Days earlier, the veteran journalist had come out live on air as HIV-positive, a taboo-breaking revelation that drew responses from hundreds of Russians fighting their own...

  • PRESIDENT December 7, 2017 10:48 am

    Putin May Run as an Independent, With United Russia Tainted By Corruption

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party, his spokesman said Thursday. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the country since 2000, ended months of speculation by announcing Wednesday that he would seek his fourth term in office in the...

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